TWEETSTORM! Kshamenk, The Forgotten Orca Has Been Cancelled.


By Kirsten Massebeau

Tweetstorm Cancellation

Tweetstorm Cancellation

With the death of Dawn Branchau and the ensuing OSHA trials, first the publication of
“Death at Seaworld,” and then most recently the release of the documentary “Blackfish” Tillikum the captive bull orca has become famous. His life from a violent capture, years of mistreatment, to Dawn’s death, brought to light how terribly this highly intelligent bull orca had suffered in captivity, turning him into a psychotic killer. Orcas are the most social animals on the planet and have emotional centers in their brains larger than man’s. Male orca stay with their mothers for a lifetime swimming hundreds of miles, in tight-knit family units.

Thanks for your interest in Kshamenk and support.

Thanks for your interest in Kshamenk and support.

Thanks to “Blackfish” the public lens is now focusing on orcas, known as killer whales. While Tillikum has been in the public eye for quite some time another bull orca has not. Kshamenk, often called the forgotten orca has a heartbreaking story of sadness and betrayal. “On September 19, 1992, Kshamenk was a young 4-5 year old orca “captured” off the coast of Argentina. Officially he was found stranded, but it is believed he was forced to strand by the Mundo Marino staff“(source). Today he performs several times a day, seven days a week in small pools, with two dolphins at the Marine Park “Mundo Marino” in Argentina. In addition, he is used as a sperm donar for SeaWorld.

Despite all these factors at this time new information has come to light leading us to believe that at the present time a tweetstorm is not the most effective way forward for Kshamenk. For this reason we need to cancel this event but thank you all for your wonderful support!

Gabriela Bellazzi Wild Earth Foundation (WEF)

“I don’t think it is a good idea to keep putting pressure on Mundo Marino re: Kshamenk. We are already talking with the oceanarium directives to analyze how his life quality can be improved as the whale is not releasable (like I told you before) for various reasons. Kshamenk was collected when he was a 5 years old juvenile and has spent most of his life (21 years) in the same captive setting. He has become highly socialized with humans and is dependent on human interaction. Kshamenk has not had contact with any other orca since his female companion “Belen” died in February 2000. He formed a close bond with a female bottlenose dolphin (Floppy) shortly after Belen’s death, and the two have been held in the same pool ever since. They continue to be strongly associated, and according to the staff at Mundo Marino are never separated. After the 2006 health and behavior assessment, it was recommended by the experts that whatever decision is made concerning the future of the whale, “serious consideration should be given to moving his present pool companion Floppy, with him”. Basing on the assessment performed in 2006, his chance of surviving in the wild is poor. If Kshamenk is reintroduced into the wild, he may revert to a previous pattern of behaviour that may put him in danger such as begging for food or seeking human contact (resulting in, for example, Kshamenk being shot by fishermen or fed fish with hooks inside). We all agree that Kshamenk should be in a sea pen in the ocean and not inside a concrete pool. Holding Kshamenk in a sea pen would provide him with a larger and more complex environment and would allow him to engage in a variety of natural activities. As part of a legal process that started in 2002 in Argentina under the regulatory authority “Secretaria de Ambiente y Desarrollo Sustentable de la Nacion”, Wild Earth Foundation (WEF), Earth Island Institute (EII) and Free Willy Keiko Foundation (FWKF) assessed various locations along the Argentine coast as options for rehabilitation/retirement sites including the Caleta Valdés, which we found unsuitable because the dynamics of the cove and strong currents cannot provide the proper maintenance of a sea pen. EII, FWKF and WEF concluded that Kshamenk family was unknown, his home range was only presumed to extend from the area of capture and it was established that there was no data of any type regarding the orca found along the Mar del Tuyú coastline. In the recommendations that we submitted to the Argentine Government we considered that a transfer to semi-freedom ideally should be attempted near the stranding/capture point and that the project should involve the oceanarium staff who are familiar with Kshamenk. Unfortunately there aren’t any suitable and safe locations near the stranding/capture site that have enough protection to reduce the risk of damage to the sea pen environment by storms or other natural events (which can have unwanted consequences as an accidental release into the wild or even worse, the risk of accidental entanglement and drowning in the containment net). This is the reason why Kshamenk can’t be retired in a sea pen so the best option left is to upgrade his pool… although building a new pool is very expensive and due to the economical crisis in Argentina I don’t think it would be possible. Also, when I exchanged thoughts with my colleagues at EII and FWKF, they think it’s not a good idea to make them enlarge the pool or build a new one, because then, after Kshamenk dies, they will have a huge empty tank that they may want to fill with new animals… As you may realize Barbara, it is a lose-lose situation for Kshamenk. Because you are giving Mundo Marino a new excuse to file an export permit request, as Mundo Marino believes the only way to improve Kshamenk’s quality of life is to transfer him to a bigger pool at Sea World where he will be with other whales…. and I don’t think that Kshamenk being sold to Sea World is the goal that you and your activist friends want to accomplish. I understand that you all want to help Kshamenk, we also want the best for him but as we are professionals and have experience we can look at the big picture, so we are really cautious in our progress because we don’t want our actions to have unwanted consequences like the example of the big empty tank or pressure ending in what we have been blocking for the past 11 years: whales from Argentina exported to the US to improve sea world whales genetic pool”

All the best Gaby Gabriela Bellazzi Wild Earth Foundation (WEF) Av. las Ballenas 9500 U9121XAQ Pto. Pirámides Chubut, Argentina http://wefdirector.wix.com/weforg

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As Blackfish Premieres on CNN Four More Orcas are Captured by “White Sphere” in Russia for the Captive Industry


By Kirsten Massebeau

Orcas captured near Sakhalin Island area  Source: Russian Orcas

Four more orcas captured near Sakhalin Island area, by “White Shpere” a company in Russia. Info provided by Russian Orca 

On October 27, 2013 the Facebook page Russian Orcas shared an image of orcas in a netted enclosure: “New confirmed information: Four more orcas have been captured somewhere in the Sakhalin Island area by the same company as before. In total, now there are eight captive orcas in Russia. Narnia captured last year, plus seven captured this year”.(source) In a short interview with Russian Orcas it was confirmed that the company capturing the orcas in Russia is called, “White Sphere”: “The company is “White Sphere” and its daughter company is “Sochinsky delphinary” (Dolphinarium in Sochi)”. Doctor Ingrid Visser Founder and Investigator at the Orca Trust commented on the image on her facebook page simply saying, “tragic that this happens right when “Blackfish” is making an impact”.

Previously on October 9, 2013 Russian Orcas had reported on another capture by “White Sphere“: “Three more captured Russian orcas join Narnia. An adult male, adult female and juvenile female killer whale were captured recently in the Sea of Okhotsk, eastern Russia, about 50 km south of the place where the young female orca Narnia was captured a year ago. They were transported in trucks for more than 1000 km to the south to the net enclosure near Nakhodka (Vladivostok area) and placed in the same net pen where Narnia was kept for the past year. The three captives were reportedly in a very bad condition after the transport. They refused to eat. The trainers could do nothing. Finally, we’ve heard, that Narnia herself tried something. She brought fish to the three captives and gave it to them. In this way she was responsible for persuading them to eat. This is not the first time one captive has helped others in the same situation. In the book Orca: The Whale Called Killer, Charlie Chin (M1) from the transient M pod encouraged a female in the pod to eat salmon—of course this is strange food for transients—after more than 2 months of refusing to eat. Regarding the four orcas now in Nakhodka, two of them are rumored to be headed for Moscow in November to be placed in the Oceanarium which is being built in the All-Russia Exhibition Centre. Two others are rumoured to have been offered for sale abroad. (Source)

 

On October 24, 2013 the heart-wrenching, fact based, eye opening film, “Blackfish” premiered on CNN. The powerful documentary exposes SeaWorld and the truth about the  death of Dawn Brancheau who was killed by killer whale,Tilikum in 2010. The movie highlights SeaWorld’s lack of concern for the safety of trainers who are working with killer whales, and explores why Tilikum has killed. Once the viewer sees the violent captures of these orca juveniles being ripped from their mothers in the wild there is no doubt what SeaWorld has to done these highly intelligent mammals, and continues to do by enslaving them is wrong. The orca is the largest of the dolphin family traveling hundreds of miles everyday. Orca families have stronger emotional family bonds than humans, staying together in pods for a lifetime. Horrific footage of the violent Puget Sound captures, and Tilikum’s capture brought viewers to tears as “Blackfish” premiered and revealed how very unsuitable orcas are for captivity yet the captures continue.

Blackfish ended up taking the number 1 spot on , “CNN Films: Blackfish #1 In Cable News Last Night In Key Demo Ratings” showing a huge interest in the compelling topic of keeping orcas in captivity. In addition CNN Polls demonstrated that people overwhelmingly believe orcas should not be in captivity yet the captures continue in Russia and Iceland, putting pods at risk of collapse, much like 43 year old captive orca Lolita whose L-Pod remains threatened in the Puget Sound today because of captures. The question looms will people get smart and realize that there is a “Better Way To See Orcas” before it’s too late?

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TWEETSTORM: Add SeaWorld and it Becomes the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Charade


By Kirsten Massebeau

Now more than ever SeaWorld is under scrutiny for bad behavior. They have been found negligent in the death of Dawn Brancheau, and continue to be exposed as exploiters and abusers of dolphins and small whales. Most recently, “Death at Sea World“, a book by David Kirby, “Blackfish” the recently released documentary by Gabriela Cowperthwaite, and the academy award winning film, The Cove reveal how terribly dolphins suffer at the hands of SeaWorld, making huge profits for the Blackstone Corporation.

The Macy’s Day Thanksgiving Parade has become a family tradition that is meant to represent all the good things in life and that includes honesty, kindness, loyalty, all components of a good character the one thing SeaWorld seems to lack as is evidenced by their treatment of people, orcas, and all the dolphins and small whales they use to put on shows for their entertainment parks worldwide. In addition, SeaWorld’s total lack of regard for human safety continues putting the lives of trainers at risk of death or injury from working closely with the many “Shamus” of the SeaWorld collection.

Join the Tweetstorm and Support Orca Freedom!

Wild and Free in the Puget Sound!  Join the Tweetstorm and Support Orca Freedom!

Join Us Worldwide for a Tweetstorm Asking Macy’s to Say No To SeaWorld!  Wednesday, October 16, 2013

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Tweetstorm #QatarDeceit: Blood Dolphin Trainer is Poster Boy for ABC Animal Training/IMATA


By Kirsten Massebeau

The dark twists and turns of the trade of blood dolphins continues to bloody the waters of the captive industry. Recently a soon to be opened dolphinarium in Souq Waqif, Qatar called Dolphin Discovery & Research  announced that they were to be sponsored by National Geographic: “Good morning people, Qatar is a proud to be a sponsored National Geographic!”. Following the publication of blogger Elizabeth Batt’s article, “Op-Ed: Is Nat Geo sponsoring a company that purchases Taiji dolphins?”. National Geographic quickly came forward and denounced Dolphin Discovery & Research’s claim as a lie and accusing them of using the Nat Geo logo without their permission.

Unbeknownst to dolphin activists Kareem Magrhaby who now claims to be ex-executive director for Dolphin Discovery & Research, a subsidiary of Nero, or Nerum LLC can also be called the poster boy for ABC Animal Training a facility working with the International Marine Animals Trainers Association (IMATA).

The International Marine Animal Trainers Association (IMATA) responsible for certifying dolphin trainers worldwide inundate their trainers well with propaganda in an attempt to remove complicity with drive fisheries.

Qatar Dolphin Discovery & Research stand behind the myth that they are “rescuing” dolphins driven onto the bloody shores of The Cove for selection and slaughter.

Qatar Dolphin Discovery & Research in support of the Taiji Dolphin drive

Qatar Dolphin Discovery & Research in support of the Taiji Dolphin drive screen shot Facebook provided by Sharon Kelly

Elizabeth Batt dispels this myth in her article,Op-Ed: Bad PR and lies for new Qatar dolphin facility
” In an article written Sept. 2, by Courtney Vail of Whale and Dolphin Conservation, Vail explained, “The high prices paid for live bottlenose dolphins are a powerful incentive to continue these hunts in Taiji.”

Although bottlenose dolphins may be spared slaughter for just the month of September through an official agreement brokered by WAZA (World Association of Zoos and Aquaria) and JAZA (Japan Association of Zoos and Aquaria) which seeks to distance the captivity industry from the actual killing in the cove, this ‘dolphin management protocol’ does nothing to address the continued collusion of the captivity industry in underwriting the slaughters that occur in Taiji.

Dolphins die slowly and painfully in Taiji as can be seen in this video secretly taken by Dieter Hagmann. While IMATA and Qatar Dolphin Discovery and Research have no problem with drive fisheries scientists and caring people worldwide do:

“These are not domesticated animals; they are wild dolphins that are captured within their social groups, mother and young, and slaughtered using a technique that actually prolongs death, pain and suffering. The herding procedures themselves are inhumane and may include forced submersion as the dolphins are dragged by their tails to shore to be killed”.

Join us for the #Tweetstorm September 25, 2013 as we put the focus where it belongs on the captive industry!

TWEETSTORM on September 25th to tell Qatar Dolphin Discovery & Research www.facebook.com/QatarDolphinDiscovery (link is not visible in USA) that dolphin slaughter is not acceptable and we will not stop until the slaughter and taking of dolphins into captivity stops!

TWEETSTORM TIME ANNOUNCER: ► http://bit.ly/14qyH50
COUNTDOWN TO TWEETSTORM: ► http://bit.ly/16eudlu

LIST OF PRE-MADE TWEETS will be available shortly before the tweetstorm.

Please support this important event by inviting your friends to join, many thanks !!

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What is a Tweetstorm? (translated in many languages on the bottom!)
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Dolphins Crying for Help: What Marine Parks Don’t Want You To Know


By Kirsten Massebeau

Bottlenose dolphins have last moments together before being dragged to slaughter. By SSCS C.G. 1.20.13

Bottlenose dolphins have last moments together before being dragged to slaughter.
By SSCS C.G. January 20, 2013

“Blackfish” the new documentary about the captive industry being previewed at the Sundance Film Festival is making waves as it delves into the dark side of captivity. Marineparks are coming under scrutiny as it becomes more obvious everyday that captvity for dolphins is ultimately a death sentence with nothing but suffering along the way.

Taiji, Japan is a perfect example of a place marine parks do not want people to think, or know about. Every year Japanese dolphin hunters are given permits to hunt over 2000 dolphins. A portion are taken for captivity and the rest are slaughtered in the infamous killing cove. Made famous in 2009 when the academy award winning documentary The Cove was released revealing to the world where captivity begins.

Pantropical Spotted Dolphins and trainers working with killers By SSCS C.G's January 21, 2013

Pantropical Spotted Dolphins and trainers working with killers
By SSCS C.G’s January 21, 2013

In the cove killers and trainers many of them IMATA certified work side by side as the brutal captive process and slaughter takes place. During a recent pantropical dolphin drive several dolphins died during the selection process and one that was badly injured was returned to the killing cove and slaughtered with his pod mates.

“54-56 pantropical spotted dolphins were driven into the cove after fighting with everything they had to escape the killers. Trainers from all three captive facilities and killers selected 27 Spotted dolphins for a life in captivity, however, 2 of them died within minutes from the stress they incurred during the drive and selection process. In addition to those, 1 Spotted dolphin was injured so badly that as it left the cove with trainers, the skiff turned around and left the dolphin with killers for slaughter. The 26-28 left over Spotted dolphins were seen as unfit for captivity, but not the butcher house floor, as they were slaughtered at the hands of killers”.

— at Taiji, Japan. (Source)

Many dolphins are kept in the tiny sea pens awaiting transport to Marineparks and AquariumsBy Martyn Stewart January 10, 2013

Many dolphins are kept in the tiny sea pens awaiting transport to Marineparks and Aquariums
By Martyn Stewart January 10, 2013

Taiji harbor, the Whale Museum, and Dolphin Base are loaded with captive dolphins. Each dolphin brings sells for about $150,000 trained and $38,000 untrained. These dolphins are then shipped worldwide. Many are shipped to China, Korea, and the Middle East. It is rumored that these countries can work as stopping points through which the dolphins are shipped to change place of origin.

A Taiji Dolphin at the Dubai Dolphinarium 2012

A Taiji Dolphin at the Dubai Dolphinarium 2012

The Dubai dolphinarium openly purchases dolphins from the cruel Taiji dolphin drives. In addition, their trainers are IMATA certified. A list of marineparks, aquariums, dolphinariums that purchase Taiji dolphins can found here 

Parks like SeaWorld claim to no longer stock using Taiji dolphins directly. Conversely, they do not oppose aquariums and marine parks that do.

“SeaWorld has apparently never taken any action against the drives themselves.

Their argument seems to go as follows: There’s nothing shameful about benetifing from a massacre that would still occur anyway, with or without the sale of certain traumatized animals lucky enough to be spared execution and dispatched to a faraway tank for fun and profit.

Three years ago, after the release of the Oscar-winning film The Cove,MSNBC reported that SeaWorld “refused to condemn those who still buy from Taiji.” Company spokesman Fred Jacobs, “likened such purchases to a salvage operation that prevents some animals from being killed.” (source)

A Taiji Dolphin at the Batumi aquarium 2012

Who is ultimately responsible for the dolphin suffering that takes place in Taiji, Japan? The marine parks and aquariums are complicit but what about the consumers? Everytime a consumer buys a ticket to any marine park world wide they support the slaughter of dolphins in Taiji. Captivity pays the bills. Without the support of the captive industry the slaughter would have died long ago. Those that eat dolphin numbers are few but the captive industry keeps the drive alive.

“No aquarium, no tank in a marineland, however spacious it may be, can begin to duplicate the conditions of the sea,” Jacques Cousteau once said. “And no dolphin who inhabits one of these aquariums or one of those marinelands can ever be considered normal.”

While lucrative captive industries continue to provide financial momentum, wild dolphins in Taiji and larger Japan will continue to lose their lives in barbaric drive hunts.

Pragmatically, however, it is up to patrons of dolphin shows to abstain from supporting marine mammal parks by accepting responsibility that their tickets pay a much larger price—and that price may be the life of a Taiji dolphin.

So don’t buy a ticket”. (source)